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India inks pact with Rakhine state of Myanmar: New Delhi to provide tractors, harvesters

India inks pact with Rakhine state of Myanmar: New Delhi to provide tractors, harvesters
Vikram Misri, Ambassador of India to Myanmar, speaking at the formal Signing Ceremony - for supply of 15 Tractors and 15 Crawler Harvestor, in Sittwe.

New Delhi/Yangon, Sep 12 (UNI) In a major initiative boosting ties with Myanmar, India on Wednesday inked two agreements with the Rakhine state government of India's eastern neighbour, which saw largescale exodus of the Rohingyas.

The MoUs were signed by U Kyaw Lwin, Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry and Minerals (Rakhine State Government) and Dr Chan Thar, Minister for Department of Social Affairs, and Vikram Misri, Ambassador of India to Myanmar, in the presence of Chief Minister of Rakhine State, U Nyi Pu.

The pact will "enable" Indian to supply 15 tractors and 15 crawler harvesters to the State Government of Rohingya, an official source said.

In a statement, the Indian High Commissioner in Myanmar said: "The objective of providing the assistance is to promote agricultural mechanisation in Rakhine State and also to promote computer literacy among Rakhine State youth, which will prepare them for employment opportunity in software sector".

It further said the Government of India is committed to a strong development assistance partnership with the Myanmar government.

"Recognising the special challenges in and needs of Rakhine State, where equitable development of all sections of the state's inhabitants is key to building social harmony, peace and prosperity, India and Myanmar have separately entered into an agreement on the Rakhine State Development Programme, under which India is providing USD 25 million in grant assistance over a period of five years," the statement said.

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